CIPFA International 2018 - Speakers

Andrew Burns

Immediate Past President, CIPFA

Andrew Burns is the immediate Past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA); Director of Finance and Resources for Staffordshire County Council and previously Chairman of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB). He was elected to CIPFA Council in 2010 and has chaired the Group Board, Policy and Standards Board and led CIPFA’s Aligning Public Services Working Group. As Director of Finance and Resources for SCC he has strategic responsibility for finance, HR, ICT, digital, property, commercial and customer services and is Treasurer of the Staffordshire Pension Fund. Andrew led the financial transformation programme that delivered £150m savings and significant service improvement in Staffordshire.

Simon Gill

Managing Director - Economics and Finance, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

In addition to his management role at ODI, Simon works primarily on the provision of public finance support to fragile states such as South Sudan, Liberia and the DRC. His work spans planning and budgeting, aid co-ordination and design systems to support service delivery. He manages staff and consultants working across a programme that is developing innovative and adaptable forms of support to fragile states.

Dr Vivi Niemenmaa

Expert on Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development, European Court of Auditors

Dr Vivi Niemenmaa holds a PhD in Planning Geography, and her expertise include policy analysis, qualitative methods and good governance. She began working at the National Audit Office of Finland in 2005. She conducted performance audits on various environmental topics and climate and energy policy. Since 2013, she was seconded to the European Court of Auditors where she has contributed to performance audits on marine protection, climate mainstreaming, climate and energy policy, and air pollution. She has developed environmental audit methodology both in the INTOSAI and EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing, and participated in updating international audit guidelines. An experienced trainer she recently trained Supreme Audit Institutions’ staff in Sustainable Development Goals.

Lewis Hawke

Lead Public Sector Specialist, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank

Lewis recently worked in the Philippines after a decade in USA and Europe advising governments across all continents on public financial management. Before moving to Manila in February 2018 he was Head of the PEFA Secretariat, a global initiative for assessing and strengthening public financial management performance where he led a major revision of the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) diagnostic methodology and supported PFM capacity building in more than 100 countries. Lewis designed and implemented public sector financial management reform initiatives which included working with the Australian Government Department of Finance and UK Treasury where he contributed to accrual and performance budgeting, privatization, public agency governance, service quality, integrated reporting and public sector accountability. He is now focused on supporting the Philippines government to strengthen their public financial management arrangements, especially in the areas of public investment and budget management, audit and review.

Assietou Sylla Diouf

Assietou Sylla Diouf

Director of Programming & Budgeting, Finance & Accounting, African Union, Addis Ababa

Assietou has worked as a global finance executive in leading international companies in the banking sector in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. All along her professional career her emphasis has always been on transforming finance. She led key projects related to the implementation of regulatory frameworks, adherence to international standards. She holds a master in Business & Administration from Sup de Co and is a chartered accountant (France). Currently the Director of Programming & Budgeting, Finance & Accounting at African Union in Addis Ababa her mission is to drive the financial part of the institutional reform of this continental institution by implementing the best practices in financial management and institutionalise the decision on financing of the union.

Drs. Vincent H. Tophoff RA

Vincent H Tophoff

Partner, INTE-Q Integrated Management

Vincent H. Tophoff is Partner at INTE-Q Integrated Management, a management-accountancy-related consulting firm. He is a member of the Internal Control Advisory Group to the UnitedNations, and was also the lead of IFAC’s Accountability. Now initiative, promoting high-quality financial accounting and reporting by governments to improve transparency and help strengthen public financial management and accountability in the public interest. This included supporting PFM reforms and governance improvements in many regions and countries across the globe, including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, and the MENA region, in close collaboration with international organisations such as the OECD, World Bank, INTOSAI, AFROSAI, and the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA)

Neema Kiure Mssusa

Partner – Assurance, Ernst & YoungNeema Kiure Mssusa

Neema is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a fellow of CPA. Neema has held various high profile positions in accountancy and audit since 2000. She became the first female partner in Ernst & Young Partnership Tanzania as Assurance/Audit Partner. Neema is also a Certified Trainer of Corporate Governance and Certified Company Director of the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance; a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) through Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA); a Certified Basel ii Professional (CBiiPro) and Basel ii Compliance Professionals Association (BCPA). And she has a Diploma in International Financial Reporting from ACCA.

Neema was appointed by the Minister for Finance to join the National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA) Governing Board and also served in NBAA Technical Committee for and is a member of the National IPSAS Steering Committee. She joined the Membership Panel of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board Consultative Advisory Group (IPSASB CAG) and works closely with the NBAA and Central Government to ensure smooth migration from cash basis IPSAS to IPSAS accrual.

Bruce Vivian

Senior Technical Manager: Professionalisation, AFROSAI-EBruce Vivian

Bruce qualified as a chartered accountant (SA) in 2006. He worked at PwC in assurance before taking a hiatus to serve in his local church as a youth pastor. In 2013 he joined the Learning & Development Unit at the Auditor-General South Africa as a manager for technical learning. He graduated with a Master of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016.  In October 2016 he joined AFROSAI-E where he leads the African Professionalisation Initiative in partnership with the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) and the East and South African Association of Accountants General (ESAAG). He is a member of the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee’s Task Force for INTOSAI Auditor Professionalisation and is contributing to the INTOSAI Development Initiative’s Professional Education for SAI Auditors programme.

Les Dobie

Head of Counter Fraud Training, CIPFALes Dobie 

Les began his career in law enforcement but moved into the private sector where he worked for a number of large firms. He has investigated large scale frauds, including the UK end of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme, one of the biggest frauds ever committed. In the last decade he was head of external investigations for the Government’s Coal Miners’ Compensation Scheme, at £9bn the world’s biggest industrial compensation scheme. More recently he has dealt with fraud and corruption cases abroad and led a number of regulatory investigations for the Insolvency Service. He also has recent experience of large-scale health care fraud and corruption, involving organised crime. Between 2011 and 2013, Les carried out a number of fraud risk management assignments for local and central government, including a number of large London boroughs, OFGEM, DECC and the Home Office.

Ileana Steccolini 

Professor, Accounting and Finance & Director of Research
and PhD coordinator, Newcastle University LondonIleana Steccolini

Illeana is Adjunct Professor at RMIT, Melbourne and a Fellow, Queen’s Centre for Not-for-profit Research, Queen’s University, Belfast. Her research develops at the interface among public administration, management and accounting studies and she has published extensively on public sector accounting, budgeting, performance management and accountability, reform and change processes, governmental financial resilience and inclusion and participation in public services. She is the chair and founder of the Accounting and Accountability Special Interest Group within the International Research Society of Public Management, a member of the Standing Scientific Committee of the European Accounting Association and of the IRSPM board, and an associate editor of Financial Accountability and Management.

Peter Welch 

Director, European Court of AuditPeter Welch

After spending five years coordinating the ECA's assurance audits of the EU, he is now responsible for audits dealing with the sustainable use of natural resources. Prior to joining the ECA in 1996 he was employed by the UK National Audit Office, and spent time auditing UN bodies in Rome, and working as an international consultant with Bolivia's Audit body. Peter studied politics in Exeter, and took a break from his career in audit to stand for election to the European Parliament in 2009 and the House of Commons in 2010. Peter is a member of CIPFA and CIMA, one of CIPFA's representatives on the Public Sector Group of the European Federation of Accountants, and a member of CIPFA Council.

Jens Kromann Kristensen

Head of the PEFA SecretariatJens Kristensen

PEFA is a partnership program of the World Bank, the European Commission, the UK Department of International Development, and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Monetary Fund. Prior to joining the PEFA Secretariat Jens worked in the World Bank, KPMG, the OECD and the Danish Ministry of Finance on PFM and wider governance reforms in East Asia, Europe and Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Ms. Herdís Sólborg Haraldsdóttir 

Head of Division, Department of Fiscal Affairs,
Ministry of Finance, IcelandHerdis Haraldsdottir

Herdis is an Icelandic gender budgeting expert who has experience both on City and State level. She worked in the Finance Department in the City of Reykjavik where she led the implementation of gender budgeting for the City. Today she is a Head of Division at the Department of Fiscal Affairs in the Ministry of Finance and leads the implementation of gender budgeting at the national level. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, diploma degree in gender studies and bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Within her studies she placed a focus on the budget as a tool toward fairness. She has been a part time teacher in the University of Iceland and taken active role in many conferences and meetings regarding the issue of a fair budget. She recently took a role as a Chair of the OECD Gender Budgeting Experts Committee.

Mr. Khalid Hamid 

Executive Director, State Audit Institution of the United Arab EmiratesKhalid Hamid

Khalid Hamid is currently the Executive Director at the State Audit Institution of the United Arab Emirates. He has 30 years of experience working in public sector audit institutions including extensive experience in the UK, South Africa and the UAE. Khalid currently chairs the International Public Sector Financial Auditing and Accounting Sub-committee (known as FAAS) responsible for interpreting IFAC standards and advising National Audit Institutions throughout the world. He has also worked in a number of advisory roles to develop international audit practice, this experience is currently being used in the role of Chair of INTOSAI in carrying out the strategic plan to build professionalisation around the global for the public sector audit community.

Anwaruddin Chowdhury

Council Member ICAB & Director CAPA BoardAnwaruddin Chowdhury

Anwaruddin is member council and Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) and serves as a Director on the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) Board. He is a founder member of IPSASB Consultative Advisory Group (CAG). He is Chair of CAPA PSFM Committee and ICAB Committee on PF-PSA. He also represents ICAB on SAFA PAIB Committee. He served as technical advisor to IFAC Board and as Exec Secy SAFA. He served on the UNCTAD ISAR Advisory Committee for three years and chaired ISAR Corporate Governance Workshop in 2001. He drafted the CPD document and was instrumental in implementation of mandatory CPD in Bangladesh and pioneered the introduction of National Awards for Best Corporate Reports, recognised as a prestigious national event in Bangladesh. 
Anwar is a financial management specialist with varied experience in private and public sector services, development sectors and in professional training and academia. He has been engaged in diverse consultancy projects for the World Bank, ADB, UK DFID and other development agencies. He serves as Challenge und manager DFID projects in business finance and remittances. He is the founder CEO and now Advisor to Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh. He was a partner of ACNABIN Chartered Accountants, an associate firm of Baker Tilly International, and has served as a director of several private and public sector organisations.

Muhammad Zarif Ludin

CEO, CPA Afghanistan

Zarif is the first CEO of CPA Afghanistan since enactment of CPA Law in March 2017. Previously he was the Program Manager for PAO Development responsible for enactment of Afghanistan Accountancy Law, establishment of the executive office, Board and related committees and Capacity Building of Accountants and Auditors. Zarif is focused on quality education, well defined regulations and CPA Afghanistan’s recognition on all national, regional and international platforms and has played a major role in obtaining SAFA and CAPA associate memberships for CPA Afghanistan. 

He initiated the idea of strategic partnership and revenue sharing with ACCA and signed MoUs with other global PAOs as well. He has experience of more than seven years of working with different organisations, such as USAID and US Embassy-funded programs, financial institutions and banks, NGOs and universities as Finance Manager and Program Coordinator, and he is a part-time lecturer. He is also a social activist and runs a charitable organisation called Helping Hand Society.

Manuel Pietra

President & CEO, FreeBalance and Chairman of the WOHASU Advisory
Board Past President of The International Consortium onManuel Pietra Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM)

Manuel is a global executive and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of successful management experience in companies based in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. He has a proven track record in building and running companies, from start-ups to well-established private and public organisations. 

At FreeBalance Manuel leads global growth strategies focused on advancing the company’s objectives and promoting revenue, profitability and growth. Manuel has transformed the firm into a customer-centric and socially responsible company increasing its footprint to 25 countries worldwide. He is responsible for ensuring that the FreeBalance fulfils its mission to help governments across the world leverage robust financial management technology to accelerate country growth. 

As the Chairman of the Advisory Board at WOHASU, an organisation dedicated to increasing awareness of happiness as a life choice, a human right and an enabler of human development and social innovation, Manuel was recently awarded with the Key of the City of Miami by the Miami Mayor and the members of the Miami City Commission. Manuel has held executive positions on the boards of several international companies and actively participated in the venture capital space. He has participated in several successful IPO’s in North America, Europe and South Africa.